Welcome to another episode of Honey Boo Boo! I’ve been thinking a great deal about this family and how much I love them. For a little while I thought it was because of how many things they do that remind me of my own childhood. I realized that it wasn’t that the things they do are Southern, it’s that the things they do are extremely country. These are country folk who may or may not be rednecks, who may or may not be uneducated, who may or not be taking the viewers for a ride.
It all came to me when one of my friends posted something on Facebook. Said friend posted that she loved the family but wanted to kidnap Alana and give her a better life. I immediately responded by commenting about how much I love this family and, while posting that comment, realized why I love them so much.
This isn’t your typical TV family. This isn’t the Cosby Show or even the Roseanne show or whatever show you grew up with as a depiction of the “typical American Family.” This is the Addams Family with just enough country goodness to make them approachable, and still enough gross stuff to make you keep tuning in.
This show takes regular occurrences like setting up a lemonade stand; having spaghetti (or sketti) for dinner; or family game night, and turns them into a “am I really watching this?” moment. Seriously? This episode was the grossest one I’ve seen all season, and I still can’t hate on them. I think I’m losing my knack as a snarky bitch and it really worries me. But, I’m sure I’ll be fine once Mob Wives starts up again.
We start off this episode with June trying to get the girls off the couch by sending them to what my husband always calls the “curb store.” The name is so perfect that I, of course, also refer to it as the curb store. It’s a convenience store that is across the street from the house and it is where the family gets it’s daily summer entertainment and sustenance.
Everyone who works at the store knows the kids and Pumpkin is so at home there that she doesn’t bother to wear shoes and no one at the store minds. They just, affectionately, call her Bam Bam. Which, let’s face it, is a much more awesome nickname for Pumpkin than her current one.
It’s like “forklift foot” just waiting to happen.
And, that is gross moment number 1 for me. I know people do it, but how gross is it to walk into a curb store with no shoes? Didn’t we used to chastise Brittney Spears for doing that? OK, it’s not as bad as Glitzy’s moment of shitting, but animals do things when they are scared that are as gross as any newborn and June immediately cleaned up after Glitzy. Pumpkin most likely carried the germs that were tracked into that store on her body for at least the day. And, given what we find out about her oral hygiene later on, she probably carried those germs around longer than that.